Mother Goose Flies Into The Arts Centre Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 November, 7pm
PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:15 20 February 2013
Mother Goose Flies Into The Arts Centre Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 November, 7pm (including 2pm performance on Sat 26th)<br/><br/>Local music and comedy group Stage Struck are back at the Arts Centre with their latest pantomime 'Mother Goose'
Local music and comedy group Stage Struck are back at the Arts Centre with their latest pantomime Mother Goose at the end of November. This popular local music and comedy group have been performing sell-out pantomime runs at the Arts Centre since 2002 and stick to the tradition stories but with lots of fun and laughter thrown in.
Geoff Marsh, writes the scripts for the shows and is a passionate advocate of pantomime. Geoff says: I adore pantomime as an art form. I love the fact that it is uniquely British and is one of the only places where the entire range of theatrical performers can work together. Only in pantomime will you find actors, singers and dancers working alongside comedians, magicians, ventriloquists and puppeteers.
Geoff is, however, scathing of much of what passes for modern pantomime.
It is very hard to find traditional pantomimes these days especially amongst professional pantomimes. So many pantos these days are vehicles for soap stars or reality tv stars. And it is sometimes obvious that little thought or effort has gone into the show itself. It almost as if some professionals feel they can get away with any old rubbish because its panto and its just for kids.
Firstly they are underestimating children, who can be amongst the most demanding of audiences and secondly panto is not just for kids. Real panto takes enormous effort and should aim to make the whole family laugh.
Stage Strucks director and choreographer, Jane Marie Osbourne, wanted to put on Mother Goose as it was one of the few remaining traditional stories they had not done, but the company faced a huge dilemma! The main character is a seven foot goose.
It is practically impossible to hire or buy a decent goose costume anywhere, they scoured the internet high and low but to no avail. The only available costumes just werent good enough for what they wanted. Fortunately help arrived in the form of mother and daughter team Jackie and Kim Missen. Both of them have been making costumes for Stage Struck for
more than ten years and they agreed to make their own goose costume.
Its a brilliant goose said Jane. Its got real character and the children should adore it.
Priscilla The Goose can be seen in all her glory in the show Mother Goose which runs at the Arts Centre from Tuesday 22nd November to Saturday 26th November.
Tickets are available by calling 01793 840757.
Tickets 10.50 and concessions 9.00.